Despite living in East London, I spend half my time in central London, particularly Soho. What I love about the area is that whatever I feel like eating, I can get it here, all within a few steps of one another. I particularly like the thoroughfare from Rupert Street to Berwick Street and beyond, home to an impressive line-up of independent restaurants.
I've listed a few of my favourite restaurants I've been to recently as well as some regular favourites.
If you ask someone for a recommendation in Soho, many will point this way. It’s become a local favourite in London serving modern Jerusalem food inspired by Southern Spain and Northern Africa with dishes such as the Octo Hummus and Kubaneh bread. Make sure to try the beetroot and pomegranate salad.
34 Rupert Street
Situated on Rupert Street between Soho and Chinatown, Xu is a Taiwanese restaurant and Tea House. A beautiful setting of dark panels and cosy interiors feels like you're entering the 1930's. A mix of traditional and modern street food dishes including Taro Dumplings (must have) in Kow Choi Chilli dressing, Shou Pa chicken and my favourite - Mixed mushroom dumpling in Sichuan chilli oil.
30 Rupert Street
One of the most talked about openings in Soho right now is Evelyn's table on Rupert Street. From the team behind The Palomar, the restaurant is hidden under The Blue Posts pub and cocktail bar. 11 seats and a marble kitchen counter in the hidden space and it's my ideal dining experience. The Southern European inspired dishes include Smoked Eel, Potato blini and beetroot, as well as Beef tartare, parmesan and toast.
28 Rupert Street
Situated on Berwick Street in the heart of Soho, Ember Yard offers a mix of Spanish and Italian share plates, with the kitchen mainly cooking over charcoal and wood. Make sure you try the Chargrilled Iberia Presa with whipped jamon butter. Even if you want to come in for a wine, their bar snacks and charcuterie menu will make you want to stay.
60 Berwick Street
Bao is a very popular spot, a Taiwanese restaurant serving steamed buns with fillings such as confit pork, fried chicken and lamb shoulder. The share plates are also phenomenal. The perfect no fuss restaurant to check out with one or two friends.
53 Lexington Street
Blanchette is great for date night! Opened by three brothers in 2013, the intimate restaurant is serving a modern twist on french share plates. The go to dishes are the confit duck leg and giant tiger prawns.
9 D'arblay Street
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